Climate change touches everyone

Welcome to our “new normal.” From

Our country is still in the middle of a record-smashing heatwave with temperatures soaring above 40 °C and hundreds of fires blazing out of control around the country. We’re being told to “get used to it”[2]but while the nation rallies to fight fires, repair damage and console loved ones we’re struggling to have the conversation about our warming planet, let alone get used to it.

The growing mountain of evidence tells a sobering story – a story that needs frequent and urgent repeating if we’re to have a chance of preventing the worst of predicted catastrophic climate change.

That’s why we’ve created this shareable image with the latest confronting but, hopefully, action-spurring facts. Click here to view, share and start the conversations we all need to be having at dinner tables, pubs and BBQs around the country as we face the heat and help our friends and neighbours deal with loss of property and a very difficult situation.

Over 70% of Australians had a taste this week of the kind of conditions scientific modelling clearly predicts will worsen and occur with more frequency over the coming decades.[2] It should come as no surprise to those of us who have been heeding decades of warnings by climate scientists and fighting hard for stronger action on climate that our warming world will – as we’re seeing – lead to more severe summer heatwaves and fire danger. But it won’t be until the entire country, from Broome to Hobart and every town in between, are connecting the dots and coming to the same conclusions that we’ll see a real and urgent demand for stronger action on climate change.

And while short heatwaves and fire danger are not unfamiliar during an Australian summer, what we’re experiencing this week is an unsettling harbringer of things to come – a taste of the new normal in a rapidly warming world:

Click here for a more detailed glimpse of what we’re facing in Australia and around the world.

The reality is confronting; we’re currently on track for at least 4°C more warming[4], marked by extreme heatwaves as we’ve experienced this week; increased fire danger; declining global food stocks; human health risks; loss of ecosystems and biodiversity; and life-threatening sea level rises. The US just confirmed 2012 was its hottest year ever – beating its previous high in 1998 by a full degree.[5]

So let’s face the facts, together, starting now. Share this infographic on Facebook, Twitter and over email. Print it out and put it on your fridge. Put it on your work bulletin board.

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